hin·​der | \ ˈhin-dər How to pronounce hinder (audio) \
hindered; hindering\ ˈhin-​d(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce hindering (audio) \

Definition of hinder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make slow or difficult the progress of : hamper Their journey was hindered by snow and high winds. economic growth hindered by sanctions
2 : to hold back : prevent, check His financial troubles hindered him from buying a home.

intransitive verb

: to delay, impede, or prevent action uncertain whether the changes would help or hinder


hind·​er | \ ˈhīn-dər How to pronounce hinder (audio) \

Definition of hinder (Entry 2 of 2)

: situated behind or in the rear : posterior a long oval forward part and a taillike hinder portion— R. E. Coker

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hinderer \ ˈhin-​dər-​ər How to pronounce hinderer (audio) \ noun

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hinder, impede, obstruct, block mean to interfere with the activity or progress of. hinder stresses causing harmful or annoying delay or interference with progress. rain hindered the climb impede implies making forward progress difficult by clogging, hampering, or fettering. tight clothing that impedes movement obstruct implies interfering with something in motion or in progress by the sometimes intentional placing of obstacles in the way. the view was obstructed by billboards block implies complete obstruction to passage or progress. a landslide blocked the road

Examples of hinder in a Sentence

Verb The witness refused to cooperate, hindering the investigation. The country's economic growth is being hindered by the sanctions. It's not clear whether the change will help or hinder our project. Adjective the animal's case of mange was especially bad in its hinder parts
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Injuries to Mississippi State's offensive line hindered the Bulldogs early in the season. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss (11/28) 2019 live stream; time, TV channel, odds, watch online," 28 Nov. 2019 Brooklyn will pull away in the fourth quarter against the tired Knicks, but the separation will hinder the point total. Chris Wassel, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Brooklyn Nets at New York Knicks odds, picks and best bets," 24 Nov. 2019 Burton’s surprise absence hindered the offense in that 16-15 loss. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "Bears put Trey Burton on injured reserve, likely ending the tight end’s season," 15 Nov. 2019 The ripples in the water greatly hinder their chances of spotting the beast –– or any gator for that matter. Karina Elwood, orlandosentinel.com, "Alligator hunting: For 2 Florida friends, a last chance to kill an elusive beast," 8 Nov. 2019 Lethem’s novel endeavors to put the reader inside Lionel’s head, showing the ways in which his hyper-attention to detail and constant struggles with control both help and hinder his fact-finding abilities. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Motherless Brooklyn Is a Passion Project Without Heart," 31 Oct. 2019 The state’s reliance on lucrative, but limited, export goods for revenue hinders more inclusive development. James Kirby, Quartz Africa, "The story behind Botswana’s closest-ever election and how its consequences will play out," 26 Oct. 2019 In addition, the random selection of lawmakers who convene when necessary hinders the emergence of a political class of professionals and undermines the need for anyone to campaign for office. Bernd Reiter, The Conversation, "Voting could be the problem with democracy," 22 Oct. 2019 And how will each of those narrow choices hinder or help your opponents? Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Minecraft becomes a board game, and the results are faithful, fantastic," 19 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of hinder


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hinder


Middle English hindren, from Old English hindrian; akin to Old English hinder behind


Middle English, from Old English hinder, adverb — see hinder entry 1

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The first known use of hinder was before the 12th century

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5 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Hinder.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hinders. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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How to pronounce hinder (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hinder

: to make (something, such as a task or action) slow or difficult


hin·​der | \ ˈhin-dər How to pronounce hinder (audio) \
hindered; hindering

Kids Definition of hinder

: to make slow or difficult Snow and high winds hindered our progress.

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